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This cathedral style church dedicated to Saint Demetrius is located in the center of Skopje across the Old Stone Bridge on the other side of Skopje main plaza. The church is built in the shape of a ship and has three naves with an apse and cupola (dome). The current church was built on the foundation of 16th century church and underwent renovations near the end of the 19th century. During the 18th century the church had the formal title of "Cathedral" as it served as the official Seat of the Skopje Eparch (Diocese). The church's role has since changes and remains open to tourists and to all believers.

The church was damaged by the big earthquake of 1963. Fresco work was then commissioned to Krste Koloski who completed the work between 1968 and 1973. The church compound includes a baptistery and a bell tower. Above the entrance on the south site of the church there is a mosaic of the St. Demetrius, Orthodox Saint and Military Martyr.

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